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30 Sep: The Cattle Egret again at Long Eaton GP

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The Birds of Derbyshire

Fewer than 15 left!

Our widely acclaimed county avifauna has 376 pages covering history, species status, breeding bird survey results, charts, line drawings, plenty of colour photos and much more in its 30,5cm x 22cm x 3,5cm (this is a big book!)
We have the last remaining copies and can offer them direct to you at a very reasonable price of £25 (plus p&p if not collected)
We can offer an even lower price if you collect. If you are interested please contact the nearest regional stockist to you:
  • North and North West Tel: 01433 630726
  • North East Tel: 01773 861262
  • Central (inc. Derby and if you live outside Derbyshire) Tel: 01332 513487
  • South Tel: 01283 544870

Derbyshire Bird Report 2018

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The latest Derbyshire Bird Report published November 2019. Complete Systematic List for the 217 species seen in Derbyshire in 2018 plus three new breeding species for the county and much more

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Derby Peregrines

Catch up on all the Peregrine news at Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project here

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Fair Isle Bird Observatory Appeal

Please see details of an appeal to rebuild the observatory here

2020 - 2021 Meetings and Trips

NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING. Please book via the Meetings and Trips page


A brand new look for the website with many improvements and additional capability.

Rarity Guidelines

Click here for advice on finding rarities


As we are now in the breeding season please be sensible and responsible when using social media to report sightings for sensitve breeding species see here for help and guidance. Remember: the birds must come first.

More specific information for Derbyshires is now avalable here

And if you use Birdtrack here some addional advice is available here


Please add breeding information to any bird records that you submit to DOS or via BirdTrack, such as occupied nests or adults carrying food or fledged young, as this makes the record far more valuable for conservation. A list of species in which we are particularly interested can be found here

Wildlife Crime

If you witness or suspect wildlife crime then please contact the police (ask for a Wildlife Crime Officer) or RSPB. Your information will be dealt with in confidence but if, for any reason, you are reluctant to take either of those routes then please at least pass the information to Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555111

Check out the Carsington Bird Club website

You can let us know what you think or make suggestions for improvements using the feedback form. One or two users have reported issues with the contacts details overlaping the bird news. Please let me know if you have seen this problem, preferably with a screen shot, see here if you do not know how to take a screenshot


Meetings and trips


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  Site restrictions

Birdwatchers are are asked to respect the following restrictions:

  • Ambaston GP: Please stay on the public footpath
  • Aston-on-Trent GP: This is a private working gravel pit with permit only access during working hours. The site cannot be seen from the A50 pull-in because of the height of trees/bushes. No access should be attempted AT ANY TIME, however, occasional visits organised by the DWT and DWT/DOS – places limited, see Meetings and Trips page
  • Church Wilne Reservoir: There is currently no access to even permit holders at this site due to Security and Health and Safety at Work Issues
  • Drakelow NR: Please do not walk in front of the main hide
  • Foremark Reservoir: No access at any time to the area along the dam wall or the the west side of the reservoir
  • High Bridge GP: Access from the A38 and take extreme care when crossing the hump-backed bridge. This is a dangerous working gravel pit and heavy lorries use the site during working hours so best visited in the evening or weekend but be aware work can occur at any time and parking is difficult during the working week. There should be no attempt to gain Access At Any Time. The best pit should only be viewed from the lane
  • Willington GP: Please stay on the main tracks, do not use the gravel company roads. Currently The Canal Pit is very difficult to view from the Canal Bank or from the Canal Bridge due to tall vegetation. Signs now on this pit which say “No Access to Birdwatchers”.

Safety first!

Respect landowner's privacy

"The interests of the bird comes first"

Birdwatchers Code of Conduct


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